Lo­cal record pro­duc­ers fill gap in LDS rock mu­sic

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Pound­ing out fat, bluesy riffs, Allen Hughes, stage name “Rocky Utah,” croons his latest com­po­si­tion for the open mic crowd. His rock-trained voice al­ter­nately delves to gravely lows or lilts up through his three-oc­tave range as his hand­made guitar booms out its un­mis­tak­ably unique rhythm. Allen sings of love, life, his kids, di­vorce, over­com­ing chal­lenges, re­demp­tion - all with the un­der­pin­ning of his faith in Je­sus Christ. For years he has been us­ing his mu­sic to tes­tify of this faith - what he calls his “Lat­ter-day Saint Chris­tian” phi­los­o­phy.

When asked by other “main­stream” Chris­tians about his mu­sic, he and co-founder Thomas “Dick” Richey used to apol­o­gize for the LDS Church’s lack of hard-rock­ing pop songs. Allen writes a new LDS Chris­tian pop tune al­most ev­ery month to fill the void left by re­spected LDS be­he­moth De­seret Book.

Both Thomas Richey and Allen Hughes are lo­cal busi­ness con­sul­tants, gui­tarists and singer/song­writ­ers. Thomas has filled many ses­sions with his smooth guitar sounds and Allen writes regularly with peo­ple from Nashville to Hawaii record­ing, col­lab­o­rat­ing and pitch­ing his songs as a writer and artist.

When asked by long­time friend Thomas Richey why he didn’t make his own la­bel of “Lat­ter-day Saint Chris­tian” rock and pop styles, he jumped on that idea. They cre­ated Tes­tify Records and are col­lect­ing in­put from across the US. Tes­tify is now ac­cept­ing sub­mis­sions for fu­ture EPs and a Chris­tian al­bum slated for De­cem­ber this year. Go to tes­ti­fyrecords. com for sub­mis­sion in­for­ma­tion.

*** Lib­erty, when it be­gins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth. - Ge­orge Washington

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